Attractions in Manhattan
City is diverse. There are enough attractions in varying areas of interest to keep a tourist busy for months. Cuisine from nearly every country, entertainment of every variety and people from all walks of life fill this enormous city to the brim and keep visitors coming again and again.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Located on the Upper East Side, The Metropolitan Museum of Art has one of the world's best collections. Noted especially for its 20th century and European art collections, the Met (as it is known to city dwellers), also has strong collections in Egyptian, Roman, Greek, Asian and American art. A drink on the rooftop bar at dusk is a good way to end your visit.
Directly behind the Met is Central Park. Starting at 59th Street and going all the way up to 110th Street, this park makes for a good stroll after a couple of hours in the museum. In the city's early days, part of this park was actually a grazing area for sheep (Sheep's Meadow). In the summer, Shakespeare In The Park is presented at the Delacorte Theater (tickets are free). Also, the brightly lit Tavern On The Green restaurant and bar, popular with both celebrities and locals, is on the west side of the park.
The Empire State Building
Visit the building King Kong climbed. Located in midtown at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 34th Street, the Empire State Building is the tallest building in New York City. The observation deck gives remarkable views of the five boroughs and can be accessed for less than $10. Over 3,000 workers, mainly European immigrants and even a group of Mohawk iron workers, helped complete the project in 1931. There is also a a motion simulator attraction, known as New York Skyride, on the building.
Claire Taylor is a health, wellness and travel writer with credits in publications such as "Woman's Day," "Marie Claire," "Adirondack Life" and "Self." Taylor is also a seasoned independent traveler, as well as a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant.